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Lentil Rice Medley

With so many fresh ingredients, this medley pairs well with milder foods, such as chicken or fish, and can easily stand alone as a main dish. Writes Dee Fifer of Commerce City, Colorado, “This lentil recipe that I make often for my family and company is always enjoyed.”
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 35 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 3-1/4 cups water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped


  • In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, saute onion and garlic in oil for 1 minute. Add carrots; cook 2 minutes longer. Add lentils and rice; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in the water and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in broccoli and zucchini; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until lentils and rice are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomato sauce and tomato; heat through.
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  • angela leach
    Jan 16, 2012

    Very good. In Albuquerque it took 1 Hr. to cook lentils and brown rice. Also added 3 3/4cups of water.

  • Modogeist
    Dec 12, 2010

    I had a very hard time with this recipe. My rice and lentil took longer to cook then expected and the taste just wasn't to our liken.

  • judi5165
    Jun 25, 2010

    I would rate this 5 out 5, I also added a little cinnamon, coriander and curry powder (not much, just a sprinkle). Shared this with friends and received much positive feedback. Very simple recipe.

  • Isolda
    Mar 5, 2010

    This went over well at a gathering I carried it to, where several of the people were vegetarians. I made it with regular long grain rice, but I want to make it with the brown next time.

  • Heather
    Aug 7, 2008

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    Nov 16, 2007

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    May 7, 2007

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